Twelve points from all angles: Ukraine wins ESC | free press

In fact, it was already clear who would win. But in the end, the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) turned out to be an incomparable finale.


Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The Kalush Orchestra won the hip-hop song “Stefania”.

This fulfilled the expectations of many observers that the television audience would send a gesture of solidarity in the midst of Russia’s war of aggression. Germany ended up last in the singing competition in Turin, Italy, on Sunday night.

TV viewers are critical to victory

Television viewers were decisive in the victory of the Ukrainians. As always, the public can vote for the winner, but not for their country. Half of the points come from national expert juries. The judges chose songs from other countries at the top. As the Ukrainians scored 12 points from audiences from almost all participating countries – the average was 11.3 – they ended up with 631 points ahead of British singer Sam Ryder (“Spaceman”), who had 466 points.

In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, this year’s Grand Prix has been more political than it has been for a long time. Russia was excluded from the Economic and Social Council because of the war.

The emotional appeal of the global community

At the end of their highly acclaimed performance, Ukrainian musicians called on the international community for support. “I ask all of you: please help Ukraine, Mariupol, help Asov – now,” singer Oleh Psjuk said on stage.

According to the rules, “texts, speeches and gestures of a political nature” are expressly forbidden at the stage of the Economic and Social Council. However, the organizers expressed understanding. “We understand the strong sentiments when it comes to Ukraine these days and consider the statements made by the Kalush Orchestra and other artists in support of the Ukrainian people as a humanitarian rather than a political gesture,” a European Broadcasting Union spokesman said. ) said dpa -Inquiry.

Strong assortment from 25 countries

Artists from 25 countries participated in the show, which lasted more than two hours. According to some observers and ESC experts, this year’s lineup of country, pop, techno, rock as well as poems was some of the strongest in recent years with professional performances and strong vocals.

Once again Germany ended up at the bottom. The 24-year-old Malik Harris from Bavaria took the last place out of 25 places for his song “Rockstars”. Last year, Germany came in second after Jendrik and the movie “I Don’t Feel Hate”. The Federal Republic has won the ESC title twice so far: in 1982 with Nicole (“A Little Peace”) and in 2010 with Lena (“Satellite”). (dpa)

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